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Rex, a Broken Hill taxi driver, is a simple man: loyal pub mates, faithful dog, stable work routine. But Rex has two secrets, one of which is terminal stomach cancer. Wanting to die on his own terms, Rex decides to drive his cab 3000 km to Darwin in order to be the Territory’s first recipient of euthanasia. Along the way he meets two accomplices, the Aboriginal larrikin Tilly and Julie from London, who recognise and challenge what lurks unfulfilled beneath Rex’s grim determination.
Last Cab to Darwin explores the taboo of death against the backdrop of Australia’s vast outback, building to a tear-jerking finale. The script deftly interrogates the idea of how place and culture intersect with individual agency; how a town can come to define a person. Reg Cribb and Jeremy Sims have written a humorous and life-affirming story about a man who learns that killing himself is hard, but not as hard as admitting that you have a lifeline. Ultimately, this is a love story that urges us to live in the here and now, no holds barred; and never to take the going down of the sun for granted.